Oil and Geopolitics in the Caspian Sea Region

By Michael P. Croissant; Bülent Aras | Go to book overview

8

Kazakstan: Big Politics Around Big Oil

Vladimir Babak

Kazakstan's achievement of independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union happened at the same time as the discovery of enormous supplies of hydrocarbons on the territories of the Caspian Sea and neighboring countries on the coast of the Caspian took place. The size of the discovered resources is comparable with the potential of the Persian Gulf to supply the same kind of raw material. In addition, many experts estimate that the sectors of the Caspian Sea that belong to the Kazakstan are the richest in oil and gas. Kazakstan, which is badly in need of foreign currency, realized a potential resolution of the financial problems and a deep economic crisis in the near future by exploitation and use of these resources. This last argument brought a “petroleum flavor” into the external politics of the newly independent country. Indeed, questions of defining the legal status of the Caspian Sea, exploring and exploiting the oil and gas fields, and transporting the hydrocarbons to the world market became priorities in the foreign policies of Kazakstan.


OIL AND GAS RESOURCES OF KAZAKSTAN AND THE PROBLEM OF THE CASPIAN'S STATUS

Kazakstan's Oil and Gas Wealth

Kazakstan undoubtedly possesses great supplies of oil and gas. However, a careful determination of the amount of these supplies is difficult. Nevertheless, bitter disputes for control of the oil and gas fields gained momentum even before the process of determination of the borders and sizes of these fields was finished. This is why a great deal of data that often differ greatly in comparison to each other actually reflect not only a real disagreement among the experts, but also a visible as well as hidden fight for the oil and gas of the Caspian Sea. The participants in this battle include local and distant governments and scores of

-181-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Oil and Geopolitics in the Caspian Sea Region
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 308

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.